4 times a year a new anime season comes, and 4 times a year we are inundated with endless choices to make. What’s good? What’s bad? What’s Funny? What’s Dark? TVEnthusiast has taken a look at the coming crop of shows, and made its picks. Though we have not seen any of the shows themselves, we have seen the trailers, read the descriptions, paid attention to the staff behind them, and in some cases, seen previous seasons of the series. Perhaps this week’s edition of Top 10 Tuesday will help you pick out the shows to watch in the rapidly approaching Fall season.
Based on the manga by Takatsu Karino, WWW.Working!! is the next installment in the Manga-ka’s (Manga Author) long running series about the employees of a family diner. This iteration of the story focuses on Daisuke Higashida a first year High School Student who is forced to get a job when his Father goes bankrupt. As such, he attains a job at the local restaurant Wagnaria, the same eccentric workplace of the previous entries in the series.
09. Haikyuu!! – Season 3
Haikyuu!!, based on the manga by Furudate Haruichi (Kiben Gakuha, Yotsuya-senpai no Kaidan), is a really fun Volleyball series that is entering its 3rd season. The series follows the members of Karasuno High School’s Volleyball club. In particular, the new duo of Shouyou Hinata, an extremely short player with a hell of a jump, Tobio Kageyama, a masterful Setter whose inability to work with others has landed him the title “King of the Court.” Though their personalities clash, Hinata and Kageyama are isntrumental in helping Karasuno High School recapture its reputation as a powerhouse of their beloved sport.
Numbaka, or The Numbers, is based on a manga by Futamata Shou. The series is an action comedy about 4 eccentric prisoners. Jūgo is a man who extended his sentence after a failed escape attempt, Uno is a habitual Gambler, Rock, is always getting in fights, and Nico is an anime Otaku. These 4 prisoners are a pain in the side of the guards tasked with watching over them in prison. It is really hard to dig up more concrete details about the anime, and the manga, but it looks like a really fun show.
Lovers of fan-service rejoice, Keijo looks to be the super ecchi (perverted) sports comedy of your dreams. The series follows a much scouted Gymnast who turns down all prominent offers to advance in her sport in order to compete in the gambling game of Keijo, in which girls must force other girls off of a platform, only using their butts and breasts. It sounds stupid as all hell, but sometimes that is exactly what the Doctor ordered. The series, based on a manga by Sorayomi Daichi (Momi-Baraishi), comes to us from Xebec (To LOVE-Ru), which means great production values as well.
06. Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans – Season 2
What is a top 10 anime list without a Gundam series? A top 10 list in which Gundam was not applicable, that’s what. Mobile Suit Gundam has been running since the late 70s with excellent stories about politics, religion, science, and the horrors of war. Iron Blooded Orphans was no different, and so we anticipate this iterations upcoming conclusion. On the downside, the second half of a Gundam series tends to be when things get a bit too convoluted. That being said, the franchise has continued to deliver great shows.
05. Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku
Endou Asari’s novel about a brutal Battle Royale-esque survival game between magical girls (think Sailor Moon) is just the kind of deconstruction of anime tropes that I love. Set in a world in which a popular game allows girls to become real Magical Girls, living lives of leisure obtained from the powers they now possess, the series take a dark turn when the administration of the game determines that there are now too many magical girls. A rather innocent background premise, complicated by something much darker than the trappings of its genre would typically allow. Fans of Narutaru and Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica should get excited.
Based on the manga by Hellsing Manga-ka (Manga Author) Kouta Hirano, Drifters tells the story of a Samurai who died in the famous Battle of Sekigahara. In the series, his death is just the beginning as he is transferred to a fantasy-esque setting which has become home to many great, though now dead, Warriors called Drifters. The appearance of these Drifters has caused this new world to erupt into a war guided on each side by the transferred Warriors. The manga is action packed, smart, and exploitative of the relationships between various real world Warriors.
03. Bungou Stray Dogs – Season 2
The first season of Bungou Stray Dogs had shades of Cowboy Bebop, Baccano!, and Hamatora. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, characters, and chemistry between characters in the first season of the series, which follows a group of people with powers who work as a detective agency dealing with cases related to other powered people, including a brutal Port Mafia. The original manga series was written by Kafka Asagiri (Minase Youmu to Hontou wa Kowai Cthulhu Shinwa) and illustrated by Sango Harukawa
02. To Be Hero
To Be Hero is a short form action comedy series about a handsome no good single Father who is sucked into a toilet and becomes a Hero to save the Earth. The downside? He is transformed into the figure of a rather unattractive overweight man. This series just looks goofy and fun, and struck me more than any other on this list as something I wanted to watch now. Hopefully this will hold me over until the return of One Punch Man.
Based on the novel by prolific Author, and fan of the semicolon, Shikura Chiyomaru (Steins;Gate, Chaos;Head, Robotics;Notes), Occultic;Nine is about an ensemble group of 9 characters whose presence will steamroll into events which will call into question the meaning of common sense itself. Chiyomaru’s past works have been exceptional, smart, and mind altering, to say the least. As such, hopes are ridiculously high for this new series.
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